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Brooklyn Community Garden called now ready for crops


by: RITA A. LEONARD - Lee Kamrass lectured gardeners at her free 'Cool Weather Vegetable Workshop's', held at the new Brooklyn Garden on August 19th. Lee Kamrass, Coordinator for the new Brooklyn Community Garden, announced in August that due to much volunteer help, garden plots and facilities were available ahead of schedule.

“I’m so impressed with the energy invested in this project, and so grateful that Southeast Uplift is managing our grant from the East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District," she smiled. “I’ve been inspired by the ideas and hard work of volunteers who have helped create this vital community resource.”

Several summer work sessions were held to measure and stake plots, spread wood chips in pathways, remove debris, and build a storage shed. Journeymen plumbers from Crown Plumbing completed the irrigation system in July. “We installed a sub-meter and backflow device down at the sidewalk,” reported Rick Moyer. “Then we ran a one-inch line up to two hose bibs at the top of the hill.” His partner, Garret Hubner, demonstrated the ready supply of water at a waist-high faucet there.

The new garden shed was framed out and secured during the period of peak summer heat. Carpenters and architects built the structure over two days, and it now stores tools and garden equipment. A notice board displaying garden rules and upcoming events is on one wall of the shed, and there is interest in painting a garden mural there. Brooklyn neighbor Linda Livermore has agreed to be on-site supervisor, and permanent garden signs will be coming soon.

Kamrass held a free “Cool Weather Vegetable Workshop” on August 19th which was attended by some 25 neighbors. The class covered information about planting fall and winter herbs, as well as vegetables and cover crops; and samples of free winter seeds and plant starts (kale, chard, and broccoli) were given out.

Kamrass reveals, “There are now 30 garden plots in use, but once we clear away the huge pile of de-paved cement, there should be space to create six new ones for those on the waiting list. Native plants and berry bushes will be installed during the rainy season, and we hope to build a stairway up the access slope. This is such an important resource for people who have no other space for gardening.”